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Summary of November ScrumTisch

Notes from last night's ScrumTisch in Berlin

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16 November 2012
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Scrumtisch Berlin

At last night's ScrumTisch, a number of interesting challenges was discussed:

  • Do we re-estimate a story that wasn't finished in one sprint? How are the story points calculated into the velocity?
  • How can a service business sell agile to their clients? How to inspire them to participate and engage in discovering the best product?
  • How much preparation (UX/UI-definition) is needed to have stories ready for a sprint?
  • Who is using Lean Architecture? How do we change our system's design to enable our teams to go faster?
  • How do we spread knowledge (for instance about new components ...

The Challenge of the next decade... Transforming Corporate Managers... into Agile Leaders

Over the past 5 years agile42 has been working helping many companies to successfully convert into agile organisations

On
16 November 2012
In
Agile with a Purpose, Transition, Lean Management

It seems that even if more than a century passed by since the invention of the Corporate structure and the hierarchical management, they are still the most adopted form of structure used today. How can this be? Are Corporate and Management outlasting any other technology and organisational evolution happened over the last 100 years? Or are we just having to deal with very resilient structures, which are hard to dismantle? Or did we ever even thought about challenging them? This presentation is focusing in particular on those aspects which are related to transforming a corporate into an agile company, and ...

Notes for the Scrumtisch Berlin - August 29, 2012

Scrumtisch - BerlinAugust 29, 2012 This time the Scrumtish was kindly hosted by Andrea Tomasini (follow @tumma72) Questions Collected 1) How to teach non-developers to formulate acceptance criteria 2) How to work with external developers in a Scrum environment 3) What are the characteristics of who can work in an ...

On
4 September 2012
In
Scrumtisch Berlin, Scrum
Tags
acceptance criteria, collaboration, empirical control, fixed price, partners, user story

Scrumtisch - BerlinAugust 29, 2012

This time the Scrumtish was kindly hosted by Andrea Tomasini (follow @tumma72)

Questions Collected

Topic list for Scrumtisch Aug, 29 Berlin

1) How to teach non-developers to formulate acceptance criteria

2) How to work with external developers in a Scrum environment

3) What are the characteristics of who can work in an Agile team?

4) How to keep the Sprint Size constant and deal with release deadlines?

5) How to deal with fixed price offers

Discussion

Following a short summary about the main point of discussion for each of the Top three voted topics.

Topic 1 - How to work with external developers in ...

Ericsson Agile Transformation

At the Agile2012 Conference in Dallas, Hendrik Esser of Ericsson & Andrea Tomasini of agile42 presented a real story about Agile Transformation at scale

On
16 August 2012
In
Agile with a Purpose, Scrum, agile
Tags
agile2012, large, scale, transition

At the Agile2012 Conference in Dallas, Hendrik Esser of Ericsson and Andrea Tomasini of agile42 yesterday presented “Down The Pub—How did that transition you were working on go?”

Slides

The session has been recorded, and while we're waiting for the video to be edited, download the slides:

Ericsson Improvements

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Booklet

To learn more about this story, enjoy this PDF booklet called “Tales of Agile Change”:
Tales of Agile Change

First agile42 University iBook: Agile Transition - What you need to know before starting

Agile42 Having worked with a lot of amazing people at agile42 over the recent 5 years, I have fallen in love with the diversity of thoughts we share. We published our first paper "Agile Transition - What you need to know before starting" and we are looking forward for your feedback

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6 August 2012
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Tags
agile, transition

Agile42

Having worked with a lot of amazing people at agile42 over the recent 5 years, I have fallen in love with the diversity of thoughts we share. The problem is that nobody else really got to appreciate such insights, as we fail to publish many of them. To address that issue we have been working throughout the year creating a series of internal initiatives which work on a common aim: to share knowledge with a broader community. You may notice more blogs at agile42.com.

The next step

From my perspective the blog posts are a great starting point ...

Cynefin Lego Game

A game to let you experience four of the five domains of Dave Snowden’s Cynefin framework

On
25 December 2011
In
Training, Lean Management
Tags
cynefin, game, leadership, management

Context

The Cynefin Lego Game is part of agile42’s management training for the Agile Management Framework. 

It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Germany License.

What It Is

A game to let you experience four of the five domains of Dave Snowden’s Cynefin framework.

Cynefin Framework

Using Lego, you go through four exercises where the problem to solve and the context you work in is designed to create a simple, complicated, complex and chaotic system. While it does not introduce you to the full potential of the sense-making framework, it is well suited to get a ...

agile15: Commitment: Why and How

At the peak of sprint planning the team pledges "We commit to achieve these stories, no matter what it takes". ...

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15 September 2010
In
Scrum & XP
Tags
agile15, commitment, scrum, scrum tools

At the peak of sprint planning the team pledges "We commit to achieve these stories, no matter what it takes". It's a deal with the Product Owner (PO) and the team.

So why do teams commit?

The commitment is only valuable if the team thinks it can actually achieve it. Since the team is invited to pull the right amount of stories from the backlog, the PO trusts that the team makes reliable commitments based on their current capabilities and expected flow. This way the self-organizing team is challenged to constantly improve estimates, deliver value, as well as contribute ...

Sprint Planning, Just Enough & Just in Time

How to get a reasonable Sprint commitment without having to spend too much time in breaking down tasks at the Sprint Planning meeting, while being quite sure that you are going to make it

On
6 July 2009
In
Agilo, Scrum, Training

Never had the problem that the Sprint Planning Meeting often is at risk of going out of the time-box, and eventually the Development Teams didn't manage to fill up the Sprint Backlog with all the needed tasks?

I want to share with you a way - for sure no rocket science, but "Common Sense" as Ken would say - in which you can have a team committed to the deliverables, without having to struggle with the tasks breakdown, and at the same time having a "good enough" understanding about the commitment given to move forward... interesting? Than read forward :-)

The idea ...

Scrum Introduction in complex environment @ ScrumDay 2009

Introducing Scrum in large organization is often a big challenge, it may take a lot of time to have all the parties in-line and able to start the adoption of Scrum. Moreover having a v...

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7 May 2009
In
Scrum
Tags
agile, complex, nokia, scrum

Abstract

Introducing Scrum in large organization is often a big challenge, it may take a lot of time to have all the parties in-line and able to start the adoption of Scrum. Moreover having a very dynamic and constantly growing organization, requires to adopt special attention to dependencies between products. You need to have a plan, build a transition backlog, and define your strategy to phase out Scrum into the organization. Agile42 is helping Nokia (Berlin) to make this transition.

Here you can download the Presentation:

Best & Thanks for attending! ANdreaT

Scrum Master & Team Training in Zagreb

As we always say, every new training is a new experience, and you never stop to learn something, which is the *exciting* part of the job... at a telecommunication company in Croatia...

On
23 April 2009
In
Training
Tags
ericsson, training

As we always say, every new training is a new experience, and you never stop to learn something, which is the exciting part of the job... at a telecommunication company in Zagreb it has been another very interesting experience, and again we learned something together :-)

Negotiation is the key, talk to the Product Owner...

The team negotiating the content of the Product Backlog... The Product Owner prepares the Requirements and Stories and put them into the Product Backlog, sorted by Business Value, so that the items more valuable are considered first. Some times the Product Backlog is misunderstood to be a Plan, given from the Product Owner to the ...

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